Locals efforts recognized by Hanna RCMP
Carter Link’s efforts with the Dryland EMS Association have not gone unnoticed by the Hanna RCMP who recently acknowledged his efforts by presenting him with a black and white print of the RCMP Musical Ride called Showtime as well as a Hanna Detachment challenge coin. A member of DEMSA for 18 years Link has been to countless calls, taking him away from his busy ranch. The Hanna RCMP noted that his ability to “provide life-saving trauma care has made him a hero with the members and staff at Hanna detachment, as are all the DEMSA members.”
DEMSA began in the fall of 1995 when the Special Areas Board and Hanna Ambulance Society jointly offered an emergency medical responder course to people living in the rural areas of Special Areas. The goal was to get people medically trained to enhance the first response in situations where urgent and immediate treatment was critical, the golden hour.
Incorporated in May 1996 the five-member DEMSA was a non-profit staffed by volunteers who purchased their own equipment, approximately $1,000 for a single trauma bag, and made their own backboards.
After starting to do volunteer shifts on ambulances to get more knowledge a professional relationship between the two groups emerged, with EMS contacting DEMSA members in situations where they may be able to respond quicker until EMS could arrive.
The group is now 15 members strong, and cover community events as the onsite first responders and are now under the AHS Medical First Responders program.